The village of Arrieta is a small village in northeastern fishermen of the island of Lanzarote; with its sandy beach the village has become, since the 1980s, a small tourist resort, famous for its fish restaurants.
Arrieta has about 900 inhabitants and is part of the municipality of Haría; its population is multiplied by six during the summer months.
The place name Arrieta is a diminutive of the name of the capital of the municipality, Haría, and means "Little Haría."
Arrieta is at the bottom of a wide bay of the north-east coast of Lanzarote.
The village is located north of the island capital, Arrecife, and is the capital of the municipality, Haría. Since Arrecife LZ-1 road leads to Arrieta in 26 km (about a half hour drive); LZ-10 road leads to Haría in 6 km.
Roads from Arrecife and Haría meet at the coast Arrieta; at the roundabout intersection is a mobile sculpture of César Manrique. This steel sculpture, painted bright red, in 1992, the year César Manrique died in a traffic accident; The sculpture is part of the series of “Juguetes del Viento” (Wind Toys).
A little north of Arrieta is a village of fishermen very preserved, named Punta de Mujeres, which marks the beginning of the Malpaís de la Corona.
In recent decades the coastal village of Arrieta has experienced a very important development, including the construction of holiday apartments. The old fishing village there is a pier in poor condition and the small church of Our Lady of Carmel (Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen). As in many fishing ports, the Virgin of Carmel is celebrated towards the end of July, with a procession of fishing vessels; the statue of the Virgin is paraded through the village streets.
The main attraction of Arrieta is its beach of fine golden sand, Playa de la Garita (Beach of the cab), a beautiful beach of 800 m in length, interspersed with volcanic rocks languages. The Playa de la Garita occupies the bottom of a bay with calm waters, where winds blow moderately. Behind the jetty a small protected artificial beach has been set, particularly appropriate for children.
At the north end of the beach is a small cozy café-restaurant, Chiringuito Beach.
A curiosity of Arrieta is a large blue house with strange architecture, the Casa Azul, also known as Casa Juanita. The Blue House is a two storey building with a ground floor and a red brick floor painted in blue-green, contrasting with traditional low houses painted white and the village, and a Canarian balcony. La Casa Azul was built around 1919-1920 by an inhabitant, from Lanzarote, who made his fortune in Venezuela; architecture - bold for the time of its construction - is a mixture of various styles. La Casa Juanita stands on a volcanic rock language, at the beginning of the pier.
After years of neglect, the Blue House was transformed in 1995 into a Museum of African Art and Culture (Centro de Arte y Cultura Africana), but closed two years later, in 1997.
Arrieta is renowned for its fish restaurants and seafood; Most of these restaurants are located on the main street, the Calle de La Garita, along the coast from the port to the beach of La Garita; they have, on the side opposite the street, a terrace overlooking the sea. The people of Lanzarote flock there on weekends because prices are generally reasonable (15 to 20 €).
Restaurant El Almacener
Good restaurant for fresh fish (as taken; usually sea bass, swordfish, blue marlin, grouper ...) and paellas; terrace with beautiful views of the sea.
Address: Calle de La Garita, 46
Hours: daily except Thursday, 12 am to 20 pm.
Phone: 00 34 928 835 484
Prices of main dishes: about 10 €.
Restaurant El Charcón
Good restaurant on the pier at Arrieta; terrace overlooking the Casa Azul (a large telescope ship available). Specialty fish and seafood eg Octopus “a la plancha”. Good wine list.
Address: Muelle de Arrieta
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 12 am to 21 pm; Sunday from 12 am to 20 pm; closed on Wednesdays.